“Dakota Experience” Event a Success; This Day in History: The Napituca Massacre

"The Dakota Experience" event held at Grace Lutheran Church Oct. 17.
“The Dakota Experience” event held at Grace Lutheran Church Oct. 17.

This is a belated report on a highly successful community event called “The Dakota Experience, hosted by Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley on Saturday, Oct. 17. Between 300 and 400 people attended. The event included Dakota drumming, storytelling, a presentation on Dakota horse culture by members of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota community, the Tatanka Food Truck, an eagle from the Raptor Center and discussion of the significance of eagles to the Dakota culture, the World Without Genocide Tents of Witness, a presentation on how Native Americans are depicted in the Minnesota State Capitol public art, and much, much more. Thank you to everyone who attended and participated.

This Day in History: the Napituca Massacre 

October 26, 1539 marks the first large scale European massacre of Native Americans on what would become the North American continent. Wikipedia has a list of Indian massacres, and its brief entry on the Napituca Massacre reads:

After defeating resisting Timucuan warriors, Hernando de Soto had 200 executed, in the first large-scale massacre by Europeans on what became American soil.

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